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The Holy Dip With the Shadow of the Full Moon: Dev Deepawali 2022

The festival of Dev Deepawali is celebrated precisely 15 days after Diwali. This time the celebration will start a day before because of the Lunar eclipse.

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Dev Deepawali 2022

Dev Deepawali, the ‘Diwali of Gods’, is celebrated on the 5th day of Margashirsha (The 9th lunar month of the Hindu calendar). This year Dev Deepawali is on November 7 followed by Kartik Purnima on November 8. 

The festival of Dev Deepawali is celebrated precisely 15 days after Diwali. This time the celebration will start a day before because of the Lunar eclipse.

Why do our Devas descend on Earth to celebrate Deepawali?

Lord Vishnu awakens from the sleep of Chaturmas on Dev Uthani Ekadashi and Lord Shiva on Chaturdashi. As per Hindu beliefs, all these Devas thus come to Earth and light a lamp in Kashi.

The Katha behind Dev Deepawali 

Tripurasauras (Tarakaksha, Vidyunmali, and Kamalaksha), were the sons of the demon Tarakasur.

Their perseverance made Brahma grant them the boon that only a single arrow could kill them. After having a boon, the demons started hurling atrocities on people.

The Dev Deepawali is celebrated to honor the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon ‘Tripurasur’, and because of this, the festival is also known as ‘Tripura Utsav’ or ‘Tripurari Purnima’.

After this, the Devas came from heaven, they donated lamps and celebrated Dev Deepawali. 

Why is it celebrated in Kashi? 

“श्री कृष्ण गोविंद हरे मुरारी”

हे नाथ नारायण वासुदेव”

(“Shree Krishna Govinda Hare Murari 

Hey Nath Narayan Vasudeva”)

The most awaited time for the people of Kashinagri (Benaras). The importance that this festival holds can be seen through their enthusiasm. 

The people in Benaras are always in the celebration phase, and why should they not be? After 15 days of Diwali, it is the time to celebrate and prepare for Dev Deepawali.

A festival for which pilgrims visit Varanasi from all over the world. The hotels have been preoccupied, roads are full of vendors, and temples and ghats are washed and cleaned and decorated.  

After that Indians celebrate Diwali, Govardhan Pooja, Bhaiya Dooj, Chhath in Bihar, and Igaas in Uttarakhand. Now it is the time for the grand celebration of Dev Deepawali for the people of Benaras.

The Devs or the Gods themselves, come to the Earth and bless the devotees when they dip in the holy river Ganga, where a serene reflection of the moon is seen on the Ganges. 

What importance does Dev Deepawali hold for India?

The festival holds a very special significance other than a religious celebration as on this day, the lamps are lit to commemorate the martyrs, who lost their lives for the country. The lamps are lit near the Rajendra Prasad ghat in Varanasi.

The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the attraction of all eyes and moreover, this year, there will be a 3D projector mapping show near the ghats, including laser projectors. More than 10 lakh earthen lamps will be lit on the banks of the river Ganga. 

The show’s theme is ‘Maa Ganga Ka Prithvi Lok Par Avtaran’ (माँ गंगा का पृथ्वी लोक पर अवतरण), through which the stories of goddess Ganga will be highlighted.

On Sunday i.e. 6th Nov 2022, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath reached Varanasi and visited the Kaal Bhairav Mandir and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. He also held a meeting with the festival organizers.

CM Adityanath also directed proper sanitation at Manikarnika Ghat. He also instructed the people of NDRF and the water police to remain fully active while instructing them not to operate the boat in a state of intoxication near the ghats.

The Ganga Aarti 

The main Aarti takes place at the Dashashwamedh Ghat near the Vishwanath Kashi Temple. 

Although Ganga aarti is done on ordinary days too, the Aarti on Dev Deepawali has a different spectacular view. All the ghats are lit up by the earthen pots all over the 88 ghats from Rajghat to the Assi Ghat. 

The specific thing about ‘Dev Deepawali Ganga Aarti’ is that it is performed by 21 young men with 24 young women, who do the Vedic chanting. On the main day, the ghats are cleansed properly and the floor is scribbled to maintain the purity of the place.

The colours of the life and celebration near the ghats are altogether a different experience for all the visitors.

Ritika Chandola
Ritika Chandola

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